Over the past two weeks, several residents have come forward and submitted letters to the editor expressing great concern regarding District 5 Supervisor candidate Erik Nunn. Regrettably, I share their concerns and belief that Mr. Nunn's less than truthful campaign statements clearly implies that he is willing to say or do anything to become our next county supervisor.
In a recent campaign mailer, Erik Nunn states that he was the first person to oppose the Antioch prison site. Really? Apparently, Mr. Nunn refuses to acknowledge the fact that the Antioch School Board, the Antioch City Council, the Antioch Chamber of Commerce and numerous residents of our community sent letters and e-mails to the Board of Supervisors vehemently opposing the placement of a prison re-entry facility in our community.
As a matter of record, when Antioch residents Gary Agopian, Jim Conley, Brian Kalinowski, Devi Lanphere, Allen Payton, Walter Rueling and myself were speaking out against the prison proposal during the Board of Supervisor meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, Erik Nunn was visibly absent. Now, Erik Nunn wants you to believe that he played an instrumental role in defeating the prison proposal. Nothing could be further from the truth.
As noted in previous letters to the editor, during a town hall meeting on Saturday, March 15, 2008, featuring Erik Nunn and Gary Agopian, Mr. Nunn informed the audience that he had recently changed his political party affiliation from Republican to Democrat to satisfy members of his church congregation who had been pressuring him to leave the Republican Party.
When challenged about this decision, Nunn immediately began to stumble over his words and denied he made the statement. Erik Nunn's willingness to lie without hesitation or remorse regarding a matter as simple as changing political parties should concern us all.
Here are a few questions to think about: Why are the vast majority of Erik Nunn's campaign signs located on Seeno property? Erik Nunn states that he has been attentive to and cares about the issues that concern Antioch residents. If this is true, where was Erik Nunn when United Citizens for Better Neighborhoods and other members of our community were taking a stand against the problems associated with the Section 8 program? Erik Nunn was nowhere to be found and he has never, ever contacted our group to offer his support.
Over the past two years the Antioch City Council has held six Quality of Life Forums to address crime and blight in our city. How many forums has Erik Nunn attended? Zero. As a former reserve police officer for the Antioch Police Department, Erik Nunn states he is a strong supporter of law enforcement. If this is true, where was Erik Nunn when our police department was being falsely accused of racial discrimination by Bay Area Legal Aid and Public Advocates, and why hasn't Nunn come forward in defense of Police Chief Jim Hyde and the CAT Team ?
The time has come to move forward in a new direction. We need Gary Agopian to represent us as our next District 5 supervisor.